5/20/22: Message from the Superintendent: COVID-19 Update May 2022

Dear ASD Families & Staff:

We are nearing the end of the school year with just about five more weeks to go. I am so proud of our students, families and staff for the dedication and resiliency shown as we met the challenges of this school year.

Since late last summer, our top two priorities have been to maximize in-person learning and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our community has come a long way since the beginning of the school year. Unfortunately, COVID is still present and impacting students and staff in our schools.

The case numbers of students and staff testing positive are trending upward in our district. We want to make sure we have a strong finish to the school year with healthy students and staff. With that in mind, please remember the following strategies for minimizing the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Maintain 3-feet of physical distance when possible
  • Continue cleaning and disinfecting
  • Stay home if sick with any of these symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea              

Take a COVID test if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Every home in the United States can obtain free at-home COVD-19 tests. Ordering information is available here. Schools also have tests for students and staff who develop symptoms at school. If you test positive, either at home or at school, please notify the school or the COVID site supervisor so they can provide appropriate guidance.

As a reminder, Curative has a testing site at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th ST NE. Testing is open to anyone in the community, for those with or without insurance. The current hours are 7:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and rapid PCR tests are available. For more information or to register for a testing appointment, please visit this website. Walk-ins are welcome.

We have had some outbreaks in classrooms throughout the Auburn School District. Our goal is to slow the spread of the virus. If we continue to see outbreaks trend upward, we may need to reevaluate the requirements. Please remember, masks are optional, but are strongly recommended when exposed or identified as a close contact to help minimize the spread of the virus.

Thank you for all of your efforts this year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Alan Spicciati
Superintendent